HLTH09010 2018 Quantitative Methods for Health Research

General Details

Full Title
Quantitative Methods for Health Research
Transcript Title
Quantitative Methods for Healt
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Margaret McLoone, Padraig McGourty, Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHPRP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Certificate in Health Project Management SG_SHPPM_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHPRO_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion Practice SG_SHEAL_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion Practice

This module introduces students to the basic principles of research design for quantitative studies in epidemiology. The strengths and weaknesses of various study designs will be discussed and students will gain an understanding of the process of ensuring rigour at all stages of the research process. Students will experience developing research proposal as well as the development of a data collection instrument. Students will also reflect on quality and ethical issues in relation to quantitative research.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Design a research proposal that is appropriate to a quantitiative methodology and demostrates an understanding of basic principles of epidemiological research.


Design appropriate study data collection instrument relevant to a specific study


Effectively communicate an informed scientific argument for choice of research design in an epidemiological study


Use project management  tools in the development of a research proposal satisfying quality and ethical guidelines. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The educational elements will be provided by the Institute of Technology Sligo 

Additional lecturing, as required, may be provided by outside specialists and practitioners 

Online delivery is proposed with student exposed to a blend of learning activities including  synchronous and asynchronous delivery of lectures, online tutorials and reflective tasks. Chunking will be used providing short videos of smaller amounts of content which will be available on the moodle site. Additional materials will be provided on moodle. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% CA.  

A number of continuous assessment tasks will be provided throughout the semester. These will incorporate theory and practical elements which are both group and individual based. Students will be assessed on skills in research instrument design and  an ability to developing research proposal which demonstrates learning on the programme content including research designs, developing appropriate research questions and hypotheses and minimising bias and ensuring ethical practical throughout the research cycle. 

Repeat Assessments

The repeat assessment strategy will  be dependent on overall grades and will be decided and documented at the Progression and Award Boards. 

The programme allows students to progress to a next stage if they have failed to attain the pass mark for a particular module. A student may be allowed to carry up to 10 credits into a new stage.  This policy is at the discretion of the examination board. 

Indicative Syllabus

Quantitative research paradigms  

Principles of research & research cycle.  

Theory and research problems  

Principles of epidemiological study design  

Descriptive & Analytical Studies 

Research questions and hypotheses 

Sampling in research  

Survey Methods 

Questionnaire design and analysis  

Project Management for Research  

Epidemiology – study designs   

Rigour in Qualitative Research 

Quality and Ethics in research 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Study Instrument Practical Assignment 40 % Week 10 2
2 Research Proposal Continuous Assessment Assignment 60 % Week 13 1,3,4

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2018-08-31 Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health
ISBN 0730363317 ISBN-13 9780730363316

From heavyweight health author Trisha Greenhalgh and an all-star team of Australian contributors, this first edition is the only resource tailored specifically to align with the most common topics in a 12-week evidence-based practice unit for Nursing and Allied Health courses. Comprising insightful and engaging content, this resource is unique in its focus on consumers of research - keeping students focused on the skills most relevant to them.

Required Reading
2013-09-01 Quantitative Health Research McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335245741 ISBN-13 0335245749

This book is a detailed and comprehensive guide to undertaking quantitative health research at postgraduate and professional level. It takes you through the entire research process and will help you execute high quality quantitative research that improves and informs clinical practice. Written by a team of research experts, this book includes chapters on communicating with ethics committees, recruiting samples from vulnerable populations, audit as a research approach, quasi-experimental designs and using cognitive interviewing, making it a new and innovative offering for health researchers.

Required Reading
2013-09-18 Survey Research Methods SAGE Publications, Incorporated
ISBN 1452259003 ISBN-13 9781452259000

The Fifth Edition of Floyd J. Fowler Jr.s bestselling Survey Research Methods presents the very latest methodological knowledge on surveys. Offering a sound basis for evaluating how each aspect of a survey can affect its precision, accuracy, and credibility, the book guides readers through each step of the survey research process. This fully updated edition addresses the growth of the Internet for data collection and the subsequent rapid expansion of online survey usage, the precipitous drop in response rates for telephone surveys, the continued improvement in techniques for pre-survey evaluation of questions, and the growing role of individual cell phones in addition toand often instead ofhousehold landlines. Throughout the book, the author puts the profound changes taking place in the survey research world today into perspective, helping researchers learn how to best use new and traditional options for collecting data.

Required Reading
2019-05-11 Researching Health
ISBN 1526424290 ISBN-13 9781526424297

Saks and Allsops Researching Health offers a comprehensive introduction to research methods for healthcare students. The new third edition includes important theoretical updates, and further international content, with contributors covering a number of specialisms and providing perspectives on core topics from Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, and Spain. There are also 6 new chapters: Principles of Health Research Methods of Sampling in Qualitative Health Research Qualitative Data Analysis Using secondary data in health research Online research in health Evaluating health research The book is supported by case studies, end-of-chapter exercises, annotated further reading, and access to online resources for both students and lecturers, consisting of SAGE journal articles, web links, PowerPoint slides, and Teaching notes for each chapter.

Required Reading
2014-07-01 Research Methods in Health McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335262755 ISBN-13 0335262759

This bestselling book provides an accessible introduction to the concepts and practicalities of research methods in health and health services.

Required Reading
2015-03-09 Research Methods in Health Promotion John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118409060 ISBN-13 111840906X

The bestselling textbook to understanding health research, updated and expanded Research Methods in Health Promotion provides students and practitioners with essential knowledge and skills regarding the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of research in the field of health promotion. Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook has been updated with more recent research methodologies and additional information on sampling, participatory and survey research, and qualitative data analysis. The entire research process is covered, with specific points relating to both qualitative and quantitative research. By breaking the daunting process of research into simple and well-defined steps, this user-friendly text encourages students to think about research as a sequential process and provides explanations that facilitate better understanding of each step in the research process. A separate set of chapters cover the more quantitative methodological areas including designs, measurement, sampling, and data analysis in depth, giving readers the understanding they need to apply in practice. This book also provides applied chapters that illustrate the practical aspects of the research process, along with other critical information including grant writing and scientific writing. Evaluate the ethics, design, analysis, and interpretation of research Identify and understand the key components of research studies Analyze and interpret the results of experimental and survey research designs Understand the process of publishing a research report and constructing a grant proposal Research Methods in Health Promotion is ideal for both undergrad and graduate methods courses in health promotion and public health.

Recommended Reading
2015-12-07 Behavioral Intervention Research Springer Publishing Company
ISBN 9780826126597 ISBN-13 0826126596

I applaud [this] book for providing a much needed overview of the entire behavioral intervention pipeline. It fills a unique niche in its coverage of key theoretical and methodological aspects as well as its case examples and professional development considerations, which makes the content accessible and practical for a broad audience. -Marcia Ory, PhD From the Foreword This unique text provides comprehensive coverage of one of the most neglectedyet vitally important--areas of public health research: developing, evaluating, and implementing novel behavioral interventions in service and practice settings. Written for Masters- and Doctoral-level courses as well as novice and expert researchers in this area, the book examines the most critical issues surrounding this form of research in order to maximize the ability of intervention researchers to successfully implement current and future evidence-based protocols in practice settings. Expert contributors embrace key challenges the complexities of health care delivery, disease management and prevention, rising costs, and changing population demographicsin shaping the push toward advancing more efficient and effective behavioral interventions and methodologies. Tackling numerous topics that have been neglected in traditional randomized trial handbooks, methodology texts, and books on dissemination and implementation science, the book addresses: ways to develop and advance an intervention, emerging hybrid trial designs - theories and new models for integrating behavioral interventions with implementation science - - recruitment and retention strategies for inclusion of diverse samples - research designs for different stages of intervention development - treatment fidelity models and measures - novel measurement and analytic strategies - cost analyses - selection of control groups - use of mixed methodology - ethics and informed consent - technology-based intervention approaches professional considerations. Abundant case examples from successful behavioral intervention trialsboth national and international--illustrate key concepts. Key Features: Includes examples of a wide range of interventions including individuals across the life span and of diverse communities and health systems Replete with case examples from successful behavioral intervention trials Presents the challenges of and strategies for advancing behavioral interventions for immediate use in practice Written by world-recognized expert authors and contributors Provides novel coverage of a great variety of importantbut previously neglected--topics

Required Reading
2014-01-01 Doing A Literature Review In Health And Social Care: A Practical Guide McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335263073 ISBN-13 0335263070

This popular book demystifies literature reviewing and answers the questions students have about how to tackle the process.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Greenhalgh, T. (2014) How to read a paper - the basics of evidence based medicine ( 5th  Ed.). BMJ Books, Blackwell Publishing. Greenhalgh, http://www.mazums.ac.ir/Dorsapax/Data/Sub_30/File/Read%20papers.pdf 

Journal Resources

Various research journals across the health spectrum

URL Resources

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. https://www.nccmt.ca/ 

The Cochrane Collaboration http://www.cochrane.org/

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/ 

The Community Guide https://www.thecommunityguide.org/